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8:55 PM ET, December 11, 2007

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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Some Conversations have shifted to Twitter  —  Twitter is one of the top referrers of traffic to my blog, over 2000 referrers from twitter to my blog in the last 30 days...there's something happening there.  —  I've also noticed and increase of new users over the past 30 days, feel free to add me as a friend, I will add you back.
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Darmano / Logic+Emotion:
Why is Twitter Exploding?  Because it's A Conversation Ecosystem.  —  Lot's of chatter happening round the blogosphere regarding Twitter, between Forrester's Peter Kim and Jeremiah (also of Forrester).  I've described Twitter as a "conversation ecosystem" in places like BusinessWeek …
Discussion: Dan Blank
Kevin / NotebookReview.com:
Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy  —  Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate?  Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations?  Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Snag Vista Ultimate for free, in exchange for your privacy
Discussion: WebProNews and CyberNet
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Let Microsoft spy on you, get a free copy of Vista Ultimate
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Lifehacker
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Those CD rips of yours are still "unauthorized"  —  Those MP3 and AAC files that you've ripped from your CD collection are still "unauthorized copies" in the eyes of the recording industry.  In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant …
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
SanDisk Gives NBCU What Apple Wouldn't: Pricing Flexibility  —  Now that the rift between NBC U and Apple's iTunes looks irreparable (for now), NBC U is busy putting its shows everywhere else.  Today NBC U announced a deal with SanDisk, which has a unique, if inelegant solution to bridge the TV-Internet divide.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC Magazine
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet.  The TV.  —  Here's how to finally bring them together.  —  Millions of people love watching Internet video on their PCs.  So why can't the technology industry figure out how to get them to watch Internet video on their television sets?  —  It isn't for lack of trying.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
'Here Comes Another Bubble' Takedown!  —  So, it turns out YouTube actually can protect copyright!  —  In this case, that's too bad, since the video-sharing service just took down the very popular music video parody called "Here Comes Another Bubble," by San Francisco's Richter Scales …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and VentureBeat
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Magazine:
Sprint to soft-launch WiMAX before Christmas  —  Within the week, Sprint will turn live its WiMAX networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., Sprint officials said today.  The soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader customer trial in the first quarter.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft starts rolling out public XP SP3 test build  —  Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 available to anyone interested in trying out the new build — the same way that it is doing with Vista SP1.
Discussion: FileForum, DailyTech and TechSpot News
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft security patches focus on client bugs
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Some turbulence for JetBlue's in-flight e-mail  —  Special thanks to my editors for posting this.  I've filed it in-flight via e-mail.  —  I'm typing this somewhere over Louisville, Ky. (or so the "live map" on my seat monitor tells me) on board JetBlue flight 641, a New York-to-San Francisco flight …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MTVN Tries To Streamline Multiplatform Ad Sales Again With Digital Fusion  —  MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) has formed a new unit called Digital Fusion to package advertising and marketing deals across the Viacom company's growing web-based and mobile properties.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Second Stage Of The Radiohead Experiment  —  Certainly an awful lot has been written about Radiohead's experiments with new business models, but it's starting to crank up again, as the band gets ready to release the new album on CD.  While some fans felt "betrayed" by this …
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Failed WGA checks lead to a barrage of antipiracy lawsuits  —  As part of its global antipiracy efforts, Microsoft announced today that it has filed 52 lawsuits around the world and referred another 22 cases to law enforcement agencies in 22 different countries.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook vs. w00t: The Web Defines Word of the Year Competition  —  In 2004 it was blog.  In 2005 it was integrity.  Last year it was truthiness.  This year, among the twenty words competing for Merriam-Webster's 2007 Word of the Year contest, are seven words that aren't quite dictionary material just yet.
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Enhances Payment Options with Bill Me Later  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced it has signed an agreement with Bill Me Later, Inc., a leading provider of alternative payment technologies, to make the Bill Me Later payment option available on the Amazon.com website.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Edgeio Bids Start At $250,000  —  The assets of classified listing service Edgeio, a company co-founded by TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington that joined the Deadpool last week, are on the market.  —  Interested parties can register to bid at Domain-Tools here.  Bidding starts at $250,000 and bidders must pre-register to bid.
Discussion: uncov and DomainTools Blog
 
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InfoWorld:
Study says mobile content ready to explode in India
Discussion: mocoNews.net
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
YouTube Democratizes Its Ad Revenue-Sharing Program, With Limits
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Iran builds supercomputer with illegal AMD chips
Discussion: Gearlog
InfoWorld:
Chambers: Older workers, don't despair
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Halo 3's Heroic Map Pack available now
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Update: AT&T: U-Verse Available To 30 Million Homes in 2010 …
Discussion: Between the Lines, CNN and Reuters
InfoWorld:
DNS attack could signal Phishing 2.0
Discussion: The Register
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
UPOP "PMP" treads dangerously close to UMPC territory
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Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Arrives Early
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Study: High-speed Internet helps cool the planet
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Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Rebecca Moore / Official Google Blog:
Earth From Above  —  French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Friendster developer platform goes live with over 180 apps
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
Porn producer sues YouTube knockoff
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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